Top 10 Ports on Game Boy Color

Top 10 Ports on Game Boy Color

A colourful collection of classic games

A.J. Maciejewski

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Be they enhanced remakes, portable versions, or compilations; the Game Boy Color sure has a lot of them. In this list, I count down ten of the best pocket-sized ports for Nintendo's first fully coloured handheld console.

10 Ghosts 'n Goblins

Ghosts 'n Goblins remains one of the toughest games around and now you can enjoy it wherever you want. If you plan on playing it while in public, be prepared for an achy mouth from all the tongue biting you'll do while trying not to curse and make a scene.

9 Game & Watch Gallery 3

Nintendo loves to reinvent their back-catalog from time to time. In this title, they went way back in their game library to completely rebuild five of their classic Game & Watch games. This collection is perfect if you're looking to mindlessly tap buttons for a few minutes before your bus arrives. For more on this repetitive yet interesting compilation, read my review here.

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This just might be the scariest encounter with Bowser yet

8 Déjà Vu I & II

From the makers of the classic point-and-click adventures Uninvited and Shadowgate comes a collection of their detective thrillers. It might be too boring for some, but if travelling back to the 1940s to slowly piece together mysteries is your thing then you're in luck.

7 Tetris DX

If one game single-handedly put the original Game Boy on the map, it's Tetris. This complete overhaul featuring profiles with savable high scores, different modes, and new music will have you flipping falling blocks for hours. Oh, and it's in colour.

Tetris DX screenshot
Tetris has never looked so colourful

6 Pokémon Crystal

As an updated combination of Pokémon Gold and Silver, you know that you're in for classic pocket monster fun when you boot Crystal up. Although it didn't introduce many innovations, being able to fight your way through the Battle Tower and play as a girl were nice additions for fans of the series. Of course, HeartGold and SoulSilver for DS are out now as well, but why not "catch 'em all"?

5 R-Type DX

Few shoot 'em ups have stood the test of time as well as R-Type. This collection features the first two Game Boy R-Types in both their original and enhanced forms as well as a combined experience made just for this cartridge. Talk about the complete package!

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R-Type DX allows you to destroy the Bydo forces on the go

4 Konami GB Collection

Although initially released for Game Boy in Japan, these compilations made their way to the Game Boy Color in Europe a couple years later. If you manage to snag all four volumes then you can play full-colour versions of sixteen classic Game Boy games including Castlevania: The Adventure, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, both Gradius titles (as well as Parodius), Operation C, and (of course) Frogger.

3 Super Mario Bros. Deluxe

Getting Super Mario Bros. to fit on a Game Boy screen is difficult. However, due to the impressive amount of extra content and some welcome enhancements, you'll easily forgive the fact that you have to scroll the screen to see all of your surroundings. This game also paved the way for the outstanding Super Mario Advance series of remakes. Anyway, read my full review here for more.

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Mario can't believe he can fit his first console adventure in his pocket

2 Dragon Warrior (AKA Dragon Quest)

For the unfamiliar, the Dragon Quest series of RPGs predates Final Fantasy. If you want to relive its origins then you can play the first three games on Game Boy Color. That being said, you might want to jump straight to the third one since it's not only a richer experience; it's also quite an exceptional remake. Learn more about this fantastic series by reading Mary's article on it here.

1 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX

Many gamers considered Link's Awakening to be the best Game Boy game ever created. When its remake was released five years later for Game Boy Color, it was met with universal acclaim. Being able to play in colour, master a new dungeon, print screenshots, and even check it out on the big screen with the help of a Super Game Boy made this the ultimate way to wake the Wind Fish.

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Link takes his hyperactive pal for a walk
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